Star Wars #2 | Writer: Brian Wood | Artist: Carlos D’Anda | Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb | Cover: Alex Ross | Publisher: Dark Horse Comics | Price: $2.99 | From my column @Forces of Geek.com
It is a great time to be a Star Wars fan. J.J. Abrams is directing Episode VII, Han Solo, and Boba Fett will reportedly get their own film, and Brian Wood knocked it out of the park with last month’s debut issue that captures the true essence of this franchise and has gone back to press for a 3rd printing.
Deception clouds the Rebel Alliance as a spy is rumored to be lurking about. Princess Leia has been charged to assemble a stealth team to flush out the mole so they can find a new hidden base.
The ambitious plot direction, along with the solid art direction, garners your complete attention.
The explosive action of a Rogue Squadron dog fight with the Imperial fleet puts you right in the cockpit courtesy of Carlos D’Anda, and the banter between Han and Chewie will make you smile one minute and be concerned the next, as the phrase “Uh-oh” signals that Slave 1 is in their midst.
Wood is all aces when conveying emotion, and watching Leia pine over a holonet travel brochure of Alderaan just tugs at your heartstrings. Seeing her grieve over the loss of her homeworld is something we’ve never seen before. Sure, she yelled at Tarkin before he ordered the Death Star to fire, but the mourning period was never shown in the movies. With this story arc taking place two months removed from the battle of Yavin, this may be the first time Leia has had a chance to let it all sink in.
Colonel Bircher, a new character and celebrated pilot, has been given command of Darth Vader’s personal Star Destroyer. Let me repeat that so it will sink in. He has been given command of Darth Vader’s personal Star Destroyer. There can’t be a more unenviable task in the galaxy, but Bircher actually relishes the opportunity.
This is vital to the development of the plot because Vader is the only main character with nothing to do since he is on the outs with Palpatine, and it will make things all the more intriguing when Bircher screws up and is Force choked into oblivion.
The first issue scored a perfect ten and this second offering scored a nine. That is not a knock in the slightest, as I had an absolute blast reading this book, and in the end, that’s what comic books are supposed to be about. Fun!